SBI PO (Probationary Officer)

SBI PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern

SBI PO (Probationary Officer) Exam

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts the online examination in two phases – Preliminary and Main exams for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts.

(A). SBI PO Prelim Exam:

SBI PO preliminary examination will be conducted online and candidates are allocated a total duration of 1 hour to complete the prelim exam. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in SBI PO preliminary exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer attempted by a candidate. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the SBI PO Main exam.
Note: Separate time limit is provided for each of the 3 sections. So the students appearing in the online exam once submit a section cannot come back to the same.

Exam Pattern:

Sr. No Name of Section No. Of Question Maximum Marks Duration Of time in each section
1 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
2 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 English Language 30 30 20 minutes

Total 100 100 60 minutes

(B). SBI PO Main Exam:

SBI PO main examination will be conducted online and candidates are allocated total duration of 3 hours to complete the main exam. It consists of 4 sections with a total of 155 questions and maximum score of 200 marks. There is negative marking in SBI PO main exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer attempted by a candidate. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 4 sections to qualify for further process. A descriptive paper will be conducted along with the above mentioned online test. It needs to be completed in a time span of 30 minutes and the maximum marks allotted to this test is 50.
Note: Separate time limit is provided for each of the 3 sections. So the students appearing in the online exam once submit a section cannot come back to the same.

(B1). Objective Test:

S.No. Name of Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
                Total 155 200 3 hours
The above tests except the English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

(B2). Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

(B3). Interview Process:

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam will be further called for a GD-PI session wherein they will face a panel of selectors discussing on their past experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector. It is essential for a candidate to clear the Interview Process in order to ensure their final selection. The qualifying marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks allotted to these rounds are: Group Discussion – 20 marks, Interview – 30 marks.
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